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The Sound of the One Hand
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When The Sound of One Hand Clapping came out in Japan in 1916 it caused a scandal. Zen was a secretive practice; that a handbook existed recording not only the riddling koans that are central to Zen teaching but also detailing the answers to them seemed to mark Zen as rote, not revelatory. Certainly the nameless Zen renegade who smuggled the book out to the world was bent on exposing the monasteries of his day as factories for making monks rather than centers of No-Mind. A century later, things look very different. The Sound of One Hand Clapping, which includes koans that go back to to the master who first brought the koan-teaching method from Japan to China in the eighteenth century, offers, in the words of the translator Yoel Hoffmann, "the clearest, most detailed, and most correct picture of Zen" that can be found. What we have here is an extraordinary introduction to Zen thought as lived thought, a treasury of problems, paradoxes, and performance that will appeal to artists, writers, and philosophers as well as Buddhists and students of religion. Hoffmann offers an extensive commentary that elucidates the philosophical and psychological context of the koans. His fellow novelist Dror Burstein offers a new introduction that responds to the multiplying questions with which this strange and marvellous book abounds.
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The Sound of One Hand Clapping, which revealed the answers to hundreds of Zen koans, sparked controversy when it was first published in 1975. It is one of the most important documents pertaining to Eastern Religion and is now reappearing after going out of print almost four decades ago.

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Yoel Hoffmann is an author, editor, scholar, and translator widely regarded as Israel's leading writer of avant-garde fiction. As a young man, Hoffmann spent two years living in a Zen monastery in Japan studying Chinese and Japanese texts. Hoffmann has been awarded The Koret Jewish Book Award, the Bialik Prize, and the Prime Minister's Prize. He is Professor Emeritus of Eastern Studies at the University of Haifa and lives in Galilee. Dror Burstein is a scholar, curator, and writer. He has been awarded the Jerusalem Prize for Literature, and his most recent novel, Sun's Sister, won the Prime Minister's Prize and the Goldberg Prize. He teaches at Tel Aviv University.

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"The very strain of koan meditation [found in The Sound of the One Hand] is not unlike the self-imposed strain of a creative mathematician, writer, or artist. Such a person deliberately sets himself difficult problems, and deliberately renews them once they have been solved in order to compose or harmonize or solve himself." --Ben-Ami Scharfstein "For scholars and students of Zen, inquiring readers, or anyone seeking relief from the rhetoric of division in the current political sphere, The Sound of the One Hand offers helpful didacticisms and poetic reflections that are truly timeless." --Nozomi Saito, Asymptote "Koans aim for the complete destruction of the rational intellect." --Carl Jung The very strain of koan meditation [found in The Sound of the One Hand] is not unlike the self-imposed strain of a creative mathematician, writer, or artist. Such a person deliberately sets himself difficult problems, and deliberately renews them once they have been solved in order to compose or harmonize or solve himself. Ben-Ami Scharfstein Koans aim for the complete destruction of the rational intellect. Carl Jung"

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